Considering the advanced state of automotive engineering these days, there is a solid argument to be made that there are no bad cars anymore. Indeed, the automotive world has weeded out most of the truly lousy performers. But that doesn't mean that there aren't any current models that would be pretty bad choices, given the clear superiority of other options. Which brings us to the Nissan Sentra.
Alerts
There are 3 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Reliability

Reliability indicates how models have performed in the past, providing the basis for predicting how the vehicles will hold up in the year ahead. These charts provide the most comprehensive reliability information available to consumers. Based on information received from our latest subscriber survey, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how used vehicles are holding up in 17 potential trouble spots, ranging from the engine, transmission, and brakes to power equipment and the electrical system.

Overall Reliability
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The 2017 Nissan Sentra has been recalled 3 times by NHTSA. View Recalls
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Reliability indicates how models have performed in the past, providing the basis for predicting how the vehicles will hold up in the year ahead. These charts provide the most comprehensive reliability information available to consumers. Based on information received from our latest subscriber survey for about 329,000 vehicles, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how 2000 through 2020 vehicles are holding up in 17 potential trouble spots, ranging from the engine, transmission, and brakes to power equipment and the electrical system. NA indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.

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Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2017 Nissan Sentra owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Clutch replacement

"This was not the first time the clutch went out prematurely. The car's clutch went out for the third time. This time they had to replace the clutch, slave cylinder, and flywheel. Th tissue was finally resolved."

Anonymous, IL (2017 Nissan Sentra Turbo 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Transmission rebuild or replacement

"The car started to shift poorly going form 2nd to 3rd gear. It would grind every time during the shift. Turned out to be a bad synchro in the transmission and they had to replace the transmission."

Anonymous, IL (2017 Nissan Sentra Turbo 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

What Owners Say

Wind noise

"The car is extremely noisy. It does not hold the road. It wanders when driving on the highway."

Anonymous, VT (2017 Nissan Sentra)

"The 2017 sentra has a lot of wind noise. Mostly with highway driving at 50mph or more."

Anonymous, (2017 Nissan Sentra SR 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

What Owners Say

Fuel gauge/sender

"Gas shuts off when putting it in. Gauge never goes to FULL. Multiple services but still nothing."

Anonymous, NJ (2017 Nissan Sentra S 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)
Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

"Bought the car May 25, 2018. On Tuesday the check engine light came on. Took it back to dealership, and it was the O2 sensor. Will be getting it fixed next Friday, June 8, 2018."

Anonymous, NM (2017 Nissan Sentra SR 1.6-L 4 Cyl turbo)

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

What Owners Say

Premature brake wear

"Had to have new brakes put on the 2017 sentra at only 14000 miles."

Anonymous, (2017 Nissan Sentra SR 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

What Owners Say

Headlights

"Low-beam headlights are aimed too low...not able to see down the road at speeds above 45-50 mph. High beams are ok, need better alignment for the low beams only."

Bob L., CO (2017 Nissan Sentra 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

What Owners Say

Slipping transmission

"Driving on interstate, transmission would slip. We took it to shop, and they didn't find anything wrong. We got rid of it because it scared us."

Anonymous, (2017 Nissan Sentra Unsure Unsure)

In-car Electronics

CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

What Owners Say

Display screen goes blank

"Display screen goes black stereo does not work GPS does not work the car is still drivable. Took it to the dealership they replaced the stereo navigation system under warranty everything works fine now."

Anonymous, (2017 Nissan Sentra SL 1.8-L 4 Cyl)

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

Engine Minor

Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

Engine Major

Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

Exhaust

Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

Engine Cooling

Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.

Body Hardware

Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

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Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

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This score shows whether the model had more or fewer problems overall than the average model of that year, calculated from the total number of problems reported by subscribers in all 17 trouble spots.
Recalls
PROVIDED BY
EXTERIOR LIGHTING
Mar 03, 2021
The brake lights may not illuminate, increasing the risk of a crash.
Summary:
Nissan North America, Inc. (Nissan) is recalling certain 2016-2019 Nissan Sentra vehicles. The brake light switch may become contaminated, preventing the circuit from closing and the brake lights from illuminating.
What should you do:
Dealers will replace the brake light switch and install a protective grommet, free of charge. Owner notification letters were mailed May 3, 2021. Owners may contact Nissan customer service at 1-800867-7769. Nissan's number for this recall is PM971.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 21V135000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 807376
ELECTRICAL SYSTEM
Aug 21, 2018
If the vehicle stalls, it can increase the risk of a crash.
Summary:
Nissan North America, Inc. (Nissan) is recalling certain 2017 Nissan NV200, Sentra, NV3500 Van, NV3500 Bus, NV200 Taxi, NV1500, NV2500 Van, Chevrolet City Express, 2017-2018 Frontier, Versa Note, and Versa Sedan vehicles that have a mechanical (physical) key ignition system. In these models, over time, the weight on the key ring and road conditions or some other jarring event may cause the ignition switch to move out of the run position to the accessory position, turning off the engine.
What should you do:
Nissan will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the production information on the ignition switch, and replace it as necessary, free of charge. The recall began October 1, 2018. Owners may contact Nissan customer service at 1-800-867-7669.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 18V551000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 153047
AIR BAGS
Apr 13, 2017
In the event of a crash, if the front passenger air bag doesn't deploy properly, it can increase the risk of injury to passengers.
Summary:
Nissan North America, Inc. (Nissan) is recalling certain 2015-2017 LEAF and 2014, 2016 and 2017 Sentra vehicles. Due to a manufacturing error within the air bag inflators, the passenger frontal air bag may not properly deploy in the event of a crash.
What should you do:
Nissan will notify owners, and dealers will replace the front passenger air bag inflator, free of charge. The recall began June 7, 2017. Owners may contact Nissan customer service at 1-800-647-7261.
For more information:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 17V253000
Potential Number of Units Affected: 30038
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